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The study of History involves so much more than just looking at events from the past. It lets us understand why changes took place and why these changes matter to us today. History is the story of how people have lived and thought at various times throughout the past. It involves the study of both ordinary and extraordinary people who lived in exciting times. 

While History is interesting in its own right, it is also useful as it teaches students valuable skills that will support them in other subjects and almost all professions. In studying History, students learn how to collect and analyse evidence. They learn how to think critically, identifying bias and evaluating arguments. History also teaches students who to communicate clearly, formulating their own arguments, presenting them persuasively, and supporting them with evidence.

The History department at Fortismere is passionate about their subject, highly motivated, and keen to innovate in order to engage students and support them to reach their full potential. We use a wide range of teaching and assessment styles to engage, support, and stretch students as they study the subject.  We have furthermore embraced 21st century education, as each classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards and digital projectors. The department makes extensive use of Google Classrooms both in and out of the classroom to enrich students’ experience of History. The popularity of History at KS4 and KS5 continues to grow, with students achieving consistently high grades at both GCSE and A Level, as well as many students going on to read History at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

KS3 History

Fortismere students study a wide range of topics and periods across Years 7-9, covering the history of Britain and the wider world across the last 2000 years. The units studied by KS3 students are as follows:



GCSE History

At GCSE, students study the Edexcel course, including the following units:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c. 1060-1088

Crime and Punishment through time, c. 1000-present
including Whitechapel, c. 1870-1900


Weimar and Nazi Germany, c. 1918-1939

Superpower relations and the Cold War, c. 1941-1991



A Level History

At A-level, students study the AQA History course, including the following units:

  • Unit1: The Tudors - England, c. 1485-1603
  • Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship – Russia and the Soviet Union, c. 1917-1953
  • Unit 3 (Coursework): Topics within the history of the United States, c. 1863-1992

Extra Curricular

At KS3, trips are run to the Tower of London and to the Imperial War Museum to support the topics studied in class.  Furthermore, a Historical Association Young Quills club focusing on the reading and reviewing of new historical fiction has been launched.

At KS4, a trip to Berlin is run every other year to support students in their study of Nazi Germany and of the Cold War. 

At KS5, students are taken annually to academic lectures in London on Russian history (Year 12) and Tudor history (Year 13).  A further trip to New York is run every other year to support students in their study of American history for their A Level coursework.

The History department further makes extensive use of Google Classrooms and display boards within the department to direct students to appropriate independent extracurricular opportunities, such as related works historical fiction or museum exhibits in London.

Contact the History Department

Common, Ms L

Head of History and Politics

Sullivan, Ms S

KS3 Co-ordinator of History

Garnett, Ms A

History Teacher

De Freitas, Ms N

History Teacher

Riddell, Mr D

Politics Co-ordinator and History Teacher

Stewart, Mr D

History Teacher